Easter Devotions: What Is My Purpose?

Give the Gift of Joy and Discover Your Purpose

Easter Devotions
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Jesus knew the purpose for his life on earth. He endured the cross with that purpose in mind. In "The Gift of Joy," Warren Mueller encourages us to follow Christ's example and discover the joy-filled purpose of our lives.

Easter Devotions - The Gift of Joy

Whenever Easter approaches, I find myself thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of Christ's life was to offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us so that we could be forgiven and found righteous in God’s sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was so certain of his purpose that he predicted when and how he would die (Matthew 26:2).

As followers of Jesus, what is our purpose?

Some would answer that our purpose is to love God. Others might say that it is to serve God. The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that man’s chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

While considering these ideas, Hebrews 12:2 came to mind: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)

Jesus looked beyond the suffering, shame, punishment, and death. Christ knew the joy that was yet to come, so he focused on the future.

What is this joy that so motivated him?

The Bible says that there is great joy in heaven whenever a sinner repents (Luke 15:10). Likewise, the Lord rewards good works and there is joy in hearing him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

This means Jesus anticipated the joy that would take place when each person would repent and be saved. He also looked forward to the joy that would result from each good work done by believers in obedience to God and motivated by love.

The Bible says that we love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us that by nature we are rebellious towards God and are born spiritually dead. It is by his love and grace that he brings us to faith and reconciliation. God has even planned our good works (Ephesians 2:10).

What then is our purpose?

Here's an amazing thought: we can give God joy! What a wonderful God we have who honors sinners like us by allowing us to give him pleasure. Our Father rejoices and experiences joy as we respond to him in repentance, love, and good works that brings him glory.

Give Jesus the gift of joy. That is your purpose, and he is looking forward to it.